Roger Federer, who has slipped all the way down to eighth in the world rankings, beat Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Dubai Championship on Friday.
The Swiss tennis legend will meet Tomas Berdych in the title match.
Speaking with reporters after his match, Federer said the victory was a “step in the right direction” after a lackluster 2013:
“There was a buzz out there tonight. I was fully able to enjoy myself. It’s never easy against Novak. Today I had a difficult start that put me on the back foot but the crowd kept pushing me on. It’s a quick court and I’m always going to play aggressively. This is a big step in the right direction for me, gives me a lot of confidence.”
A disappointed Djokovic said he made too many unforced errors to overcome Federer’s strong performance:
“He played the second part of the match better, was more aggressive and played all round the court really well. I started making a lot of unforced errors in the second part of the second set, wasn’t managing to move as well and he felt that was his opportunity.”
The final between Federer and Berdych take place on Saturday.